2023-2024 / THEA0006-1

Performing arts analysis


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS) (international master)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : musicology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Nancy Delhalle

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Analysing a performance is a specific challenge which goes beyond simple description or subjective commentary. It requires the development of a methodology allowing the multiciplicity of current aesthetics to be addressed, while retaining a certain objectivity. This is all the more true of the signs used in theatrical language, which was relatively hierarchical until the 20th century, but which today completely blurs all established boundaries. The structure of the character and the story, the role of space, the status of the text, the relationship with the audience ... all this transforms and gives rise to limitless experimentation of possible configurations.
How to read a performance? How to analyse the effects which it produces? The course will look at analytical tools which can be used in critical analysis through given performances. Video extracts of performances and the seasonal theatre programme will be used.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of the course is that students will become independent in their objective analysis of theatre performances.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A list of performances will be available. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

We will alternate presentations and a seminar by the students. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Class attendance is requiered. 

Recommended or required readings

Texts will be distributed during the course.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

The course exam consists of an oral exam and a written work. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Nancy Delhalle Professor 04 366 57 61 ndelhalle@uliege.be

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